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About @wonderfrancis

Francis Gilbert is a Lecturer in Education at Goldsmiths, University of London, teaching on the PGCE Secondary English programme. He also teaches the Creative Writing module on the MA in Children’s Literature, which is run by Maggie Pitfield and Professor Michael Rosen. Previously, he worked for a quarter of a century in various English state schools teaching English and Media Studies to 11-18 year olds. He has, at times, moonlighted as a journalist, novelist and social commentator. He is the author of ‘Teacher On The Run’, ‘Yob Nation’, ‘Parent Power’, ‘Working The System -- How To Get The Very Best State Education for Your Child’, and a novel about school, ‘The Last Day Of Term’. His first book, ‘I'm A Teacher, Get Me Out Of Here’ was a big hit, becoming a bestseller and being serialised on Radio 4. In his role as an English teacher, he has taught many classic texts over the years and has developed a great many resources to assist readers with understanding, appreciating and responding to them both analytically and creatively. This led him to set up his own small publishing company FGI Publishing (fgipublishing.com) which has published his study guides as well as a number of books by other authors, including Roger Titcombe’s ‘Learning Matters’ and anthology of creative writing 'The Gold Room'. He is the co-founder, with Melissa Benn and Fiona Millar, of The Local Schools Network, www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk, a blog that celebrates non-selective state schools, and has his own website, www.francisgilbert.co.uk. He has appeared numerous times on radio and TV, including Newsnight, the Today Programme, Woman’s Hour and the Russell Brand Show. In June 2015, he was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing and Education by Goldsmiths.

Ecological education: 5 ways to use the environment in English lessons

Questions What do we mean by ecological education? Why is relevant for English teachers? Definition Ecological education helps students learn about how we are all connected to the earth and its ecological; it stresses the inter-connectedness of things. Key Points … Continue reading

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5 important points English teachers show know about context

Questions What do we mean by context? What do we mean by contexts of writing or production? What do we mean by contexts of reading? 5 important points Definition from Cambridge Dictionary:  the situation within which something exists or happens, … Continue reading

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8 points about the book of Genesis

In a nutshell: God makes the universe, earth, animals and humans in seven days. Key quote, Genesis, chapter 1, verse 1 (AKJV): “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness … Continue reading

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The Bible: 5 key points English teachers should be aware of.

Questions Why do you need to know about the Bible to be an effective English teacher? Surely, it’s a religious text? It is also possibly the most influential literary text ever written. Until comparatively recently, the Bible influenced every English … Continue reading

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Welcome to the site!

Welcome to the A2Z of English Teaching. This site aims to present the knowledge and skills required to teach English in an accessible and concise way. It believes that English teachers should: Listen carefully Have high expectations of themselves and … Continue reading

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Aims of English teachers

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Accent

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Acronyms

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Alliteration

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Bloom’s taxonomy

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